Creature Comforts vs. Critical Engine Operation

There are two different systems cooling totally different things in your vehicle. They are

  1. The air conditioning system, and
  2. The cooling system

These two systems are commonly confused, so we’re here to share the difference.

And really, it’s the difference between creature comforts and optimal engine operation.

First up, the air conditioning system

This is the program that cools the human beings and the pets sitting on the seats and floor after a long play session down on Alki. You flip it on, direct the vents onto yourself & all of the passengers and you breathe a sigh of relief as the vented air cools you down.

Usually, on hot days (yes, even in West Seattle) it can’t get cold enough, fast enough, for everyone in the car.

This is also the system you use on hot days when you’ve gone to the store and have a gallon of ice cream. You put the bags in the passenger side on the floor and turn on the vents to get the air conditioning blowing there too.

 

Then, the cooling system

This is the system that cools your car. We’re talking about the engine, the radiator and many systems throughout your vehicle that need continual regulation and cooling.

If you have a cooling system problem it can be catastrophic.   If your air conditioning system isn’t cooling your body, you might not be very happy about it but you’re not going to melt, you will just have to roll the windows down.

If your coolant light comes on or your temperature gauge is at “hot”, please pull over and turn off your vehicle.  

If you continue to drive you could do a lot more damage than what has already been done.  When in doubt, it’s always best to tow your vehicle to our shop than to risk driving and causing more damage.

You can always have your car towed or brought over to us here at Tom’s Automotive Service in West Seattle. Call to let us know you’re coming: (206) 937-1144.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

sishi691
sishi691

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 days ago

I called in to get oil change for my 2018 car and the guy who took my call told me about the importance of going back to the dealer for the first oil change so that we wouldn’t have any warranty issue in the future. He told me that he would be happy to work on our car next time. I’m definitely taking our car back there! Hard to find a place like this nowadays 🙂

Holli Margell
Holli Margell

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

What I appreciate most about Tom's Auto in West Seattle is their level of customer service. Compared to a dealership shop, their personal attention to details like explaining the list of items your car needs in order of priority helps to break it down and not be overwhelmed. Yes, car repairs can add up, but their approach makes it palatable. It puts us in the position to prioritize what to take care of first. They are experts in auto repairs and customer service!

Joelle Hammerstad
Joelle Hammerstad

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

EXCELLENT service. I went in for burned out tail lights. They took me without an appointment; got me in and out in 20 minutes and chargedme less than $25. Definitely going back

Denise H
Denise H

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

This place has been so friendly and helpful. Twice I've brought my car by and they've look at it without charging to troubleshoot an issue for me. I've been looking for a new mechanic in the West Seattle area and plan to use this place whenever I need something.

Micah Saraceni
Micah Saraceni

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

Great service. They laughed at all my jokes, even the bad ones.